The year of the Painted Dogs

Posted on December 21, 2011

As the year draws to a close it is truly fitting that the Painted Pack who we have grown so attached to this past year have decided to spend over a week in our traversing area!

A week of enthralling sightings have well and truly delighted our festive guests! To spend quality time with these highly social and active animals is always rewarded with some action! We were lucky enough to view an impala lamb kill made by the Alpha female as well as the build up and all the social greeting that goes on before the pack heads off on a hunt! See video below.

The pack now consists of 9 healthy dogs, 6 adults and 3 sub adults (almost 9 months old now). These 3 youngsters are now more streetwise and will most likely make it to adulthood. In the video look out for them investigating and playing with a young male white rhino calf one windy afternoon when no prey could be found.

Video update from the last week
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6 thoughts on “The year of the Painted Dogs

  1. Thank you for all the updates this year, they have been fantastic and allow those of us who love LH to be transported back there momentarily. We wish you and all the guys a wonderful Christmas and a very soecial 2012 – see you next year. Lots of love Angie and Loren xx

  2. Dear Dave,

    Thanks for highlighting the 2011 dog stories. I am using your experiences many times for our monthly DOG CALL newsletter. In this way our "Friends of the Wild Dog Club" are kept updated.

    Keep up the good job you are doing !

    Season Greetings from
    Ron van der A

    Stichting Painted Dog Conservation Foundation, The Netherlands

  3. As always, great info and pics.

    A very Merry and Blessed Christmas to everyone at LH and wishes for a spectacular 2012.

    Joy and Lon,Camarillo CA

  4. Thanks for the update! Great footage, Dave! Three of the eight pups we saw survived. What a gift! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all at Leopard Hills from James and I.

  5. Thanks for all the wishes everyone, same to all of you from a festive Leopard Hills team.

    Have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  6. Dave, your reports were definitely a highlight of the passing year! Thank you for sharing all your experience and knowledge with us! Hope one day I will explore bushveld on your vehicle or on a walking safari which can be even more fascinating!

    Merry Xmas and Happy New Year 2012!

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